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Vaulted Nest

Hillsborough Forest, Royal Hillsborough, Down, BT26 6DP
Cybernest sculpture in Hillsborough Forest Park

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Vaulted Nest is informed by the architecture of Hillsborough Parish Church in particular its resplendent spire and interior fan vaults. The church, visible across the lake from the sculpture’s forest setting is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival Architecture and was built by the 1st Marquis of Downshire between 1760 and 1774, in the hope that the church would become the cathedral of the diocese of Down.

With its tall, slender, pointed, tripod construction the sculpture is inspired by the spire of the majestic Hillsborough Parish Church and with its vaulted legs makes a nod to the fan vaults of its interior architecture. With an integral play of shadow and light, the engineered wood beams create a fascinating, yet fitting, contrast with the forest trees.

As you walk through and under the nest, a theatre of wood is played out below the canopy of the forest.

A 3D Model of ‘Vaulted Nest was featured at the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment Futurebuild 2022.

THE ARTIST ​​​​​​: Ngaire Jackson is a recognised, award-winning visual artist with a multi-disciplinary practice based in Royal Hillsborough, Northern Ireland. She is known for her temporary and permanent outdoor public art installations in Ireland and the UK. Jackson works both on a studio and project basis, her projects take many forms including, sculpture, painting, print and drawing. She participated in Anthony Gormley’s public art project called One & Other, the Empty Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London

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